Ecology lectures have a long history on Monhegan. Each year three or four talks are given in July and August, in the Schoolhouse, usually to overflow crowds. All presentations are $10 for non-Monhegan Associates members, free for members and for children under 12
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic the lecture series was put on hold for the summer of 2020. The Ecology Lecture Series will return in 2021 using a new online format.
In the summer of 2019, the Series featured four excellent speakers. On July 17th Monhegan’s own Andrew Dalrymple presented information about climate change, sea level rise, the meadow aquifer and resilience as it applies to Monhegan. On July 24th Dan Kittridge, executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association, spoke about “Nutrient Rich Food and Soil Health”. On July 31 Corey Nelson, a lifetime summer visitor and astronomy enthusiast returned to present his popular evening of Stargazing: Planets, Stars, and Galaxies. On Aug. 8th Bryan Pfeiffer presented “The Audacity of Monhegan Migration”, which will focused on three of nature’s creatures: birds, butterflies, and dragonflies.
The Island Farm is a project of island residents, on land around the village that once had been cultivated. The Monhegan Associates supports their efforts by making available to them land with space for greenhouses and vegetable gardens along the edge of the Meadow. All summer long they sell their bounty, on market days or in a cart near the Church.